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No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin

No Choirboy by Susan Kuklin

In 2005 the United States Supreme Court ruled that the death sentence for juveniles (under the age 18) was unconstitutional- until that time teenagers like yourself  (in some states) weren’t sitting in class they were sitting on death row instead.  Author Susan Kuklin gave these prisoners or their families a chance to share their stories with the world in her book, No Choirboy.

In these eye opening accounts, you  may question whether the teen deserved their sentence.  Like Roy, who was involved in a murder with 3 other guys who all got off, while he received the death penalty.  Or there are others like Mark and Nanon, who openly admit their crimes. There are teens who didn’t make it off death row who’s stories are shared by their family members

10 Reviews by You

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Airborn is a terrific book with a take on the past with a fantasy twist.  This book pulls the reader in with tales of pirates, airships, and mysterious creatures known to the main characters as “cloud cats.”

review submitted by Marie



ttfn by Lauren Myracle

This book has a lot of drama.  It also is the sequel to ttyl.  Maddie, Angela, and Zoe all just turned 16 and have been having a fun time.  Until one day Angela gets very bad family news.  Also, Zoe has a big secret she told Maddie but never Angela, and Zoe just can’t tell her.

review submitted by Carrie


Cover of My Sister's KeeperMy Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

This was a sad but touching novel.  It showed how important family is in a crisis, and how not many things can break the bond made from parents to their child.  This book made me very emotional and it was very well written.

review submitted by Pooja


Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan takes place during WWI.  Alek is on the run, trying to escape the Germans alive.  Deryn, disguised as a boy, joins the British air force.  Together they try to escape both of their pasts.

review submitted by Ariel



Bone Handbook by Jeff Smith

This book was cool because you get to learn the stories behind everything in the Bone series.

review submitted by Keandrea



Shug by Jenny Han

I liked this book because it was well written with emotion and I could really relate to the 12 year old girl.  The girl is discovering the changes in middle school and in life.  She starts to learn the true meaning of friendship and to always be yourself.

review submitted by Clara


Listen by Rene Gutteridge

Listen is a book about what happens in a small town when people’s conversations they had were recorded and posted on a website.  It shows how the little things one says in private can turn friends against each other and also how harmful words can be.

reviews submitted by Joshua



Iqbal by Francesco D’Adamo

Fatima works in a carpet factory and then a boy Iqbal comes along.  Iqbal shows Fatima the truth about her life to come, and teaches her many things.  This interesting book is based on a true story and is a must read this summer.

review submitted by Madden



The Hunger Games book coverThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games, part of a series, is an amazing book.  It is thrilling, romantic, and adventurous.  This book would satisfy even the most picky readers with it’s great plot.

review submitted by Jimmy



Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

This book is great for readers who love haunted-ness.  I know I was scared to go into our basement alone for days, but I didn’t regret reading this book.  Your sister is possessed and wants to kill you–not only you but your mom, too. There’s also at least 20 more girls and women she wants to kill.  Why?  You know you have to find out why, to save your life, your mom’s life, the other girls’ lives, and your sister’s life.

review submitted by Pooja

10 Reviews by You


I saw the movie Secretariat, which was really good. It is a true story about a horse named Secretariat who competes in horse races all over and tries to win. I would definitely recommend this movie to everyone no matter the age… It is rated PG and is a really good true story about the life of owning horses. It just came out on DVD recently and I just saw it for the first time.

review submitted by Haley


Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality is a hilarious Sandra Bullock movie.  It has action, violence, humor, fashion, and a girly touch.  I’d recommend this movie to a group of girls that want to laugh out loud.  That’s a wrap!

review submitted by Sara


Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull

Keys to the Demon Prison is the fifth book in the Fablehaven series. This book was about an adventure that two teenagers went on that get them mixed into a magical world with evil demons lurking about. They team uo with magical creatures to stop the opening of Zzyzx, the demon prison.  I really like this book because it was practically overflowing with action, adventure, humor, heroism, and fun.

review submitted by Michael


A Long Way Gone book coverA Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

In this amazing autobiography of the author’s unfortunate childhood in Sierra Leone, he finds himself in the middle of a civil war.  When his family perishes by the rebels, he is forced to become a boy soldier in order to survive.  This book will make you want to keep reading until the very end.

review submitted by Brian



Swim the Fly by Don Calame

Swim the Fly is about three friends who want to get better at swimming so they can impress a girl.  It was a good story and a quick read.

review submitted by Eric




Prom Kings and Drama Queens by Dorian Cirrone

I thought the book Prom Kings and Drama Queens was very good.  Once I started, it was hard to stop, and it made me feel good at the end.  At the beginning, the main character almost gets arrested.  The way she deals with this surprised me.  Also, she has to make a hard decision towards the end of the book, that I wasn’t expecting.

review submitted by Ivanka



Answer Book: fast facts about our world by the National Geographic Society

If you dream about learning more, like me, the Answer Book is perfect for you.  Whether you want to read about maps, space, human history, or life on earth, the Answer Book has it all.  I think it is unique because not only does it talk about earth in the past and today, but it also has an atlas in the back and tells you how to get more information about what you’re reading online.  I would recommend this for fifth graders to adults who want to know more about the world around them.

review submitted by Matthew


Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

Shade is the story of a girl who lives in a world where everyone sees ghosts, everyone, that is, who were born after the Shift.  After her boyfriend dies, Aura has a hard time letting his ghost go, while she starts having feelings for the new student at her school.  Shade is an exciting story that’s hard to put down, especially when the secret of the Shift is revealed.

review submitted by Natalie



Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s diaries: v. 1: Origins by L.J. Smith

Stefan Salvatore lived in Mystic Falls with his father and his brother, Damon.  When he meets Katherine, his life turns upside down and he betrays his family.  While there is mysterious killings, Stefan finds out Katherine’s big secret. What does he do?

review submitted by Stephanie



The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

This suspenseful mystery surprised me with twists and turns at every corner. The main character is trying to finish discovering her grandmother Nell’s past, that leads her from Australia to the Cornish coast. This novel was a thrilling read, but was often hard to follow as it changed perspective every chapter. Four Stars.

review submitted by Elizabeth

Remembering September 11th

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th.  If you want to reflect and remember 9-11, check out some of the materials below at the Library.  Just click on the cover image or the title to find it at the Library and read more about it:

9-11: the world’s finest comic book writers and artists tell stories to remember





9-11 Emergency Relief 





With Their Eyes: September 11th the view from a high school at Ground Zero 

YA 812.045 WIT




Ask Me No Questions

by Marina Budhos




The Usual Rules

by Joyce Maynard




Cinnamon Girl: letters found inside a cereal box

by Juan Felipe Herrera




Love is the Higher Law

by David Levithan




The 9-11 Report: a graphic adaptation

GRAPH 973.931 JAC




extremely loud and incredibly close book coverExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close

by Jonathan Safran Foer


10 Reviews by You

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

I liked the book, A Kiss in Time.  It was a modern day version of Sleeping Beauty.  I learned a lot from it!  I would recommend it!

review submitted by Sara



a Mango-Shaped Space book coverA Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

A Mango-Shaped Space is a great book that teaches readers about the difficult life of a child that is somewhat different from most everyone around her.  Mia was very strong through her journey of self-discovery, even when a tragedy makes its way into her life.

review submitted by Marie



Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors

I recently read an awesome book called Smells Like Dog.  Homer Pudding inherits a dog whose name is Dog, because he couldn’t figure out a good name for him.  Homer’s best hobby is searching for things for absolutely no reason at all. He is interested in a Galileo Compass that his uncle gave to him, before he got digested by a large turtle leading to his sudden death.  After a punishment by Homer’s parents, Homer cannot search for anything anymore.  He decides to sneak into the library to read some of the books he is now forbidden to read. He brings a candle in through the window to read.  After a little while, Homer falls asleep, and the candle falls from his hand, setting the library on fire.  Homer is in a lot of trouble.  To find out how this crazy story is finally going to end in less than 300 pages, I suggest you read the rest of this book.  I read it a little while ago and was clearly impressed by the plot of the book.  I would recommend this for adventure seekers, boys and girls alike.  I enjoyed this book and I hope you will like it too!

review submitted by Caitlyn

The Hunger Games book coverThe Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

A girl named Katniss has volunteered to go into the Hunger Games for her sister.  Once the games start, she makes an alliance that could win her the game.  Should she let love lead the way, or go with her instincts and fight.

review submitted by Zack



Never Die easy: the autobiography of Walter Payton by Walter Payton with Don Yaeger

Never Die Easyis an inspirational book about Walter Payton and his life.  I liked this book because it goes throughout his life and tells what he went through.  It goes from his childhood, to high school, to the NFL.  This book is good and I think you should read it too!

review submitted by Sean



Oh, Yuck!: the encyclopedia of everything nasty by Joy Masoff

This book is about all icky stuff people don’t like to read about.  These passages include boogers, poop, pee, vomit, and lice.  This book makes learning cool!  It tells you different words to say the word vomit.  My favorite vomit words are praising the porcelain king, puke, and upchuck.  There is also a sequel to the book called Oh Yikes!.  It’s a cool book as well!

review submitted by Sam



Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

This book is about a third child, when you can only have 2 children.  I can relate to most of his feelings.  His life is hard because he is illegal and he has to come out of hiding.  When new families move in, his life gets harder because he is forbidden to go outside, even though he lives on a farm.  It was a good book and it was well written.

review submitted by Lucas



Plague by Michael Grant

Plague is the fourth book in the Gone series.Life in the FAYZ is getting worse.  A plague is going around and the Darkness is becoming more of a threat.  Plague is a great addition to the Gone series, filled with action and many surprises.  I’d recommend Plague and the other books in the Gone series to anyone who can handle the disturbing yet exciting life of the FAYZ.

review submitted by Natalie



The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

A boy named Helmuth is in the middle of World War II.  In jail!  This story tells about a boy who dares to talk in front of judges!  This story is a life-changing and true story of a boy who dared.

review submitted by David




Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen

A kid named Sam Carrier has a disease called Tourettes that makes him jerk.  His dad died and now his mom remarried a guy who treats him badly. Sam meets one of his dad’s best friends, George.  George tells him about his dad, and he sends Sam on a journey that helps him understand his dad more.

review submitted by Sonia